Weʼre raising £100 to pay hospital bills for Joshua aged 15 who lives in rural Kumi Uganda and is a paraplegic having fallen from a mango tree two years ago.
- Kumi, Uganda
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One of our lads, Okiring Joshua aged 13 , fell from a mango tree two years ago and had since lived mainly in his mud hut and lying on the ground. He was doubly incontinent, had pressure sores and constant urinary infections. We visited his home in March and found his situation desperate so we bought a wheelchair from Kampala, had it sent to Kumi by bus and took it to Joshua's home with a supply of catheters, urine bags, antibiotics and creams for the sores. He and his family were so happy and presented me with a live chicken as a thank you. He wanted to finish his primary education but needed to gain his balance and strength first as he had not sat for so long. However, the school would not take him as he was doubly incontinent. Last week, Harriet took him to CURE Hospital in Mbale which treats mainly hydrocephalus and spina bifida cases to be taught how to evacuate his bowel thus enabling him to go to school. He has had a full assessment with a CT scan, spinal X-rays, blood tests and hopefully will return home with a good bill of health in spite of being paralysed from the waist down. The father and he are staying in the hospital which is a strange new experience when he has only slept on the floor and never even experienced a large town let alone a modern hospital. I am hoping to raise money to go towards paying his hospital bills and expenses such as travel, food etc.
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